Wildfire Guide: Preparation and Recovery for Underground and Aboveground Storage Tank Systems
(EPA 510-B-21-001). September 2021.
EPA developed this guide as a resource for underground storage tank (UST) and oil aboveground storage tank (AST) owners and operators in the event of a wildfire. This guide may help UST and oil AST owners and operators prepare for and respond to the catastrophic effects and environmental harm that may occur as a result of partial or fully burned UST systems or oil ASTs and associated piping and appurtenances. Information in this guide may help owners and operators return their facilities to service as soon as possible. State, local, and tribal UST and oil AST program implementers may also find this guide useful.
This guide consolidates federal, state, non-governmental, and UST and oil AST industry resources. However, many communities develop their own strategies and resources to reduce the effects of wildfire on their citizens, businesses, and environment. Although this guide addresses USTs and oil ASTs affected by wildfire, some elements of it apply to other natural disasters as well.
A central feature of the guide is listings of actions to help UST and oil AST owners and operators prepare should wildfires approach their facilities, as well as steps to recover from potential impacts to their facilities. The page numbers below indicate where in the guide you can access the lists of actions and steps.
- What To Do As The Fire Approaches Your Facility
- Recommended Actions For UST Facilities—page 16
- Recommended Actions For AST Facilities—page 23
- Recovery From The Fire
- Steps To Take When Returning To Your UST Facility—page 19
- Steps To Take When Returning To Your AST Facility—page 25